Saturday, March 5, 2011

Homemade Yogurt

I have been on such a yogurt kick lately. I really don't like store bought yogurt with artificial flavorings so I make my own. I like making a slightly sweet strawberry sauce and then serve the yogurt over the strawberries and topped with blackberries.

First you heat the milk to just below boiling. Then it has to sit until the temp comes down to 110-115 degrees.

I use a Donvier yogurt maker. You can find them on ebay.

Sorry for the blurry pic. Once the milk reaches the desired temp you mix a bit of it with 2 tablespoons and then mix that back into the rest of the milk.

You pour the milk combination equally into each of the containers.

You place the lids on them, set them in the yogurt maker and set the timer for ten hours.

The strawberry sauce is simple. I cut up 2 quarts of strawberries and put them in a heavy pot.

I sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar over them and stir them around. The pot is covered and they cook over medium heat until they start to boil. Then the heat is turned off and they sit until they cool.

The strawberries add lots of flavor and a bit of sweetness to the unflavored yogurt.

I found a couple new cheeses yesterday that I thought I would share with you. This is a cheese I don't know how I have ever lived without. It is a semi firm sheep's milk cheese called Istara. The woman that sold it to me said that once people sample it they rarely walk away without buying some. It is one of the best cheeses I have ever tasted.

Then I bought this cheese with a funny name....Lamb Chopper. It is a sheep's milk cheese with a buttery flavor and a complex finish. It is excellent.

I love Double Gloucester cheddar but had never tried it with chives before. If you like chives you will love this cheese.

And I bought my standard Norwegian Jarlsburg. These four cheeses would be great on a cheese board.